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The Christmas Tree Ship Concerts
The 21st Annual Christmas Ship Concert, at the Stained Glass Coffeehouse. Advance Tickets or at the door (come early for best seats).
We Shall Always Remember: A New Song Download it free
My New Song is now available as a free Download, or order the CD-single by mail, and support my ongoing recording projects. I’ve written it as a memorial of the Great Storm of 1913.
To download this song, right-click this link and save to your desktop. http://artistsofnote.com/music/lee-murdock/we-shall-always-remember.mp3 (Free, just right-click and save)
The Great Storm of 1913
On November 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th in 1913 occurred one of the most dramatic and tragic storms to ever hit the Great Lakes region. It thrashed across Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie with such force, that anything or anyone in its way, whether on water or land, stood a great chance of being altered, if not forever, for a very long time. Snow piled in huge drifts in cities such as Cleveland and Buffalo. Waves surged across the lakeside avenues in Chicago. Electrical and telephone lines were down in most every harbor. Time and commerce seemed to stand still. However, the shipping industry bore the brunt of most of Mother Nature’s fury.
According to Dana Thomas Bowen’s landmark book, Lore of the Lakes, published in 1940, eleven freighters and ships were considered a total loss with another six or seven so severely damaged that they were written off as well. Over 260 sailors lost their lives in the icy blast, whether from drowning or exposure. Grim reminders of this super-storm washed up on the leeward shores of these lakes for weeks afterward. And even then, questions still remained on a few of those vessels that just disappeared without a trace.
One hundred years later, we are still learning about what happened “out there” in the Great Storm. Just this past summer, one of those lake-boats that went missing without a clue, was discovered in Lake Superior’s waters near Marquette, Michigan. Captain James Owen had got underway in the freighter Henry B. Smith, leaving the safety of Marquette Harbor during a lull in the storm. She now rests on the lake-bed, a time-capsule to a tragedy.
As the excitement of this summer’s Tall Ship Challenge traveled from one lake-town to the next, the anniversary of this event seemed to have been overlooked. I remember how empty and helpless I felt last October 29th, when witnessing the sinking of HMS Bounty in Hurricane Sandy off of Cape Hatteras. And now, thinking about the Great Storm of 1913, and how it would compare with those storms we’ve endured recently, I felt compelled to write a remembrance in song for those ships and men that were lost so long ago.
It is titled, We Shall Always Remember, and I hope you will think it worthy.